International Mr. Leather

Contestant Events - Mandatory

As a contestant in International Mr. Leather, you must report to registration/orientation at:

Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Upon arrival, present your Contestant Confirmation Letter. A Contestant Handler will assist you in completing your paperwork. You will be asked to verify specific information used in making your contestant badge, the contest program insert, and contestant address list. Bring at least one piece of legal photo identification (driver’s license, passport) with you to Registration/Orientation.

You will meet the IML photographer and make a photo shoot appointment with him. Our photographer will provide you with general and specific information pertaining to your photo shoot.

Contestant orientation will be held immediately following registration. Weekend events will be discussed, and your questions will be answered. Each judge as well as various staff members will be introduced to you.

You will pick your contestant number at orientation. Your contestant number determines:

  • which preliminary-interview group you are in
  • which day and time to report for your interview
  • the order in which you appear for your interview
  • the group and order you appear at Pecs & Stage Presence
  • the order you appear on stage at the IML contest

What you choose to wear for this event is optional. There will be time to socialize with contestants and judges.

See the IML photographer to adjust your photo shoot if your scheduled time conflicts with that of your Preliminary Interview.

Contestant interviews are held on Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24, 2014. In groups, you will report on the day and time and place specified by your Den Daddy.

Each preliminary-group will be brought to a holding room. Only authorized personnel are allowed in the holding room and interview room, therefore you may not bring anyone with you. Water will be available. You may also bring your own food and liquid.

Your interview is not open to the public.

Each contestant will be interviewed in numerical order.

Each interview will last no longer than 8 minutes.

The judges score your performance. (See scoring system.)

Your choice of attire is optional, and no change of attire is required.

The Opening Ceremonies is the first public event of International Mr. Leather. It takes place on Friday evening, May 23, 2014. Contestants will be given specific assembly time and location at the Thursday orientation.

The purpose of this event is to introduce the judges and the contestants to the public.

For the first introduction, you will be lined up in alphabetical order by Country, with the United States going last. Those contestants from the U.S. will be further ordered by State. You will be lined up according to height, shortest to tallest, with the shortest contestant carrying your country or state flag. As all Contestants from a country or a state are announced in alphabetical order, you will take the stage and remain until the announcement for the next group begins.

For your second introduction, you will be lined up by the number you drew on Thursday at orientation. Staff will direct you on how to take the stage during and your placement after your personal introduction. The group will remain on stage after all Contestants have been introduced. This ends the event.

These general guidelines may change, but are presented here to give you an idea of the simple staging. Specific staging instructions will be given at the rehearsal.

Contestants are guided by staff to the event, prepared by staff prior to walking on stage, and met by staff upon exiting the stage.

Your choice of attire is optional. No change of attire is required.

Your Den Daddy will advise you where and when to report for your interview before you are dismissed from this event.

This event is open to the public and will take place on Saturday evening, May 24, 2014. Contestants will be given specific assembly time and location at the Thursday orientation.

The judges score your performance on stage. (See scoring system.)

The purpose of this event is the presentation of your physique, stage presence, and public speaking ability to the judges and the audience.

For your first appearance, you will walk on stage as your name is announced, take up your position, and remain there until all Contestants are on the stage with you. All Contestants will then exit the stage.

For your second appearance, you will enter the stage in your Preliminary Judging group, and take your assigned place. You have the run of the stage as you are introduced with information taken from your Contestant Profile. At the end of the introduction, you will spontaneously answer a question asked by the MC, and return to your place among your group. After the entire group has finished, you will exit the stage.

All contestants will be brought back on stage a final time. This will end the event.

These general guidelines may change, but are presented here to give you an idea of the simple staging. Specific staging instructions will be given at the stage rehearsal.

Contestants are guided by staff to the event, prepared by staff prior to walking on stage, and met by staff upon exiting the stage.

You are expected to dress in whatever you believe shows your physique to full advantage. Contestants can plan on a maximum of three changes. Changes of attire are not required.

The IML Contest will take place Sunday, May 25, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Chicago.

Contestants will be given specific assembly time and location at the Thursday orientation.

Bring all your gear you plan to wear/use with you when you arrive as you will remain with us until after the end of the Contest. You may plan your attire around the following appearances:

  1. Introduction of each contestant (All contestants - your choice of attire)
  2. Announcement of finalists (All contestants - your choice of attire; formal recommended)
  3. Speech (Finalists only - formal full attire)
  4. Physique (Finalists only - jock, shorts, etc)
  5. Announcement of winners (Finalists only - Your choice of attire; formal recommended)

If there are any changes to these appearances, you will be notified at the Thursday orientation.

The theater dressing rooms are located on the second floor, so be prepared to negotiate stairs throughout the contest. If stairs are a problem for you, contact Joey McDonald for special arrangements. Other than translators and interpreters, you may not bring anyone to assist you. Staff is present throughout the contest to assist you.

A complete contest rehearsal takes place at the theater. At this time you learn your placements on stage and run through each stage appearance.

A buffet is served. Water is available backstage throughout the contest. You are encouraged to bring additional solids and liquids for your private consumption. Remember to bring any medications you may need since you do not return to your room until late evening.

No preliminary scores are carried forward. All finalists are judged three times during the contest. See Scoring System.

Each finalist delivers a 90-second speech to the audience on a topic of his choice. A digital countdown clock is visible to you. At 91 seconds the microphone will automatically shut off. The microphone can be removed from its stand. If you do not verbally deliver your speech in English, you have 90 seconds for your delivery, and your interpreter/translator has an additional 90 seconds to verbally deliver your speech in English.

A special location is reserved for contestants who are not announced as finalists and must leave the backstage area. Non-finalists also have an option to sit where they choose.

After the contest, you and your gear will be transported back to the hotel. The winners will be brought back separately.

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